Dominique D. Lee is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Building Resilient Intelligent Creative Kids (BRICK) Education Network.The education community has taken notice of BRICK’s transformative approach under Dominique’s leadership. He was cited in Dale Rusakoff’s New York Times bestselling book The Prize, featured on the front page of The New York Times in 2010 and in 2011, was named to TheGrio’s 100: History Makers in the Making list which recognizes the next generation of African-American thought leaders and industry disruptors from collective fields like education. Dominique has also been awarded the Leaders and Legends Award for Outstanding Achievement in Early Childhood Education by Programs for Parents, the Russ Berrie Making a Difference awardby The Russell Berrie Foundation, and the Young Changemakers Awardbythe Community Foundation of New Jersey. He is also a member of the Pahara Aspen-Nextgen fellowship program.
Dominique’s role as a service corps teacher with Teach for America precipitated his commitment to transform America’s public education system. He believes that while education allows children to achieve their dreams, too many black and brown children don’t have the opportunities and resources they need to learn because historic inequities still rob them of an equitable education. His personal mission is to right this wrong through BRICK.
Dominique received his B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and his M.A. in education leadership from New York University. He and his partner now live in Jersey City, New Jersey.